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Friday’s Morning Mashup

11.13.09 at 7:22 am ET

Welcome to Friday’s Morning Mashup, where we’ll get you caught up on what’s going on in the sports world and beyond.

FOOTBALL: Chris Price has Five Things to Watch For Sunday night when the Patriots visit the Colts. Price also discusses how the Patriots hope to generate a pass rush on Peyton Manning. Dan Guttenplan wonders if Bill Belichick will ever dominate Manning again, the way he did early in their rivalry.

Jay Cutler threw five interceptions as the Bears lost to the 49ers last night.

D.J. Bean has his Week 10 fantasy can’t-pass-up matchups.

Browns running back Jamal Lewis is the latest to criticize coach Eric Mangini. Falcons coach Mike Smith was fined $15,000 for his role in a sideline brouhaha on Sunday vs. the Redskins.

Three University of Tennessee freshmen were arrested for attempted armed robbery. Dan Rowinski has a feature on Boston College receiver Rich Gunnell.

BASEBALL: Red Sox outfielder Jason Bay won his first Silver Slugger award.

Righty Tim Hudson re-signed with the Braves for three years and $28 million.

The ESPN production assistant who had an affair with Steve Phillips broke her silence yesterday. Roger Clemens wants Brian McNamee’s defamation lawsuit dismissed.

BASKETBALL: Rasheed Wallace had some interesting things to say during his interview with Dale & Holley yesterday. Kevin Garnett talked about his connection with Rajon Rondo.

The Lakers cooled off the Suns. LeBron James scored 34 and helped the Cavaliers beat the Heat, who got 36 from Dwyane Wade.

Byron Scott was fired by the Hornets, who named general manager Jeff Bower coach. Celtics coach Doc Rivers talked about the firing. Stephen Jackson still wants to be traded from the Warriors, and he says he’s not the bad guy everyone is making him out to be. Or something like that.

Duke freshman Mason Plumlee broke his wrist in practice and is out indefinitely.

HOCKEY: The Bruins returned to their offensively challenged ways in a 1-0 shootout loss to the Panthers. Graig Woodburn has the hat trick of things we learned from the game.

The Devils won their ninth straight road game, beating the Penguins.

Ilya Kovalchuk returned to the Thrashers after missing six games with a broken foot. Mike Komisarek is out of the Maple Leafs lineup for about three weeks with a quadriceps injury.

Outgoing MLB Players Association executive director Donald Fehr will help the NHLPA find a new boss. Ducks owner Henry Samueli was reinstated by the NHL after a year-plus suspension.

MISC.: Mike Tyson is in trouble again.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On Nov. 13, 1978, which pitcher left Boston and signed a free agent contract with the Yankees?

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “People want to pan me out to be the bad guy. People want me to be somebody to point the finger at and say, ‘He ain’t doing this, or he’s not humble, or he’s not doing this.’ I just want to win.” ‘€” Disgruntled Warriors guard Stephen Jackson, who is lobbying for a trade

STAT OF THE DAY: 172 ‘€” Consecutive minutes without allowing a goal by Bruin Tim Thomas

AUTOMATICALLY GENERATED TRANSCRIPT OF THE DAY: Rasheed Wallace was on Dale & Holley, and he talked about Kevin Garnett and friends visiting his home to recruit him in the offseason. According to the automatically generated transcript, Wallace said:

“While on the main thing he was found with the active veterans groups. You know of course that played against Barack when he was going his way — in over the years are currently no detained for it would darkness.”

I can see why Wallace joined the Celtics with a persuasive pitch like that. But what he actually said was:

“Well, the main thing he was telling me was Doc is a veterans coach. You know, of course I played against Doc when he was on his way out. And over the years, I kind of became friends with Doc on the sidelines.”

‘NET RESULTS: Classic clip from February’s NBA All-Star festivities: The Milwaukee Bucks‘ mascot, Bango, is standing on top of the basket, then another mascot shoots a halfcourt shot that hits him in the crotch and goes through the basket, and then Bango slips through the rim and falls to the ground (tearing his ACL in the process). The end.


SOOTHING SOUNDS: Every get a song stuck in your head and you can’t figure out why? Welcome to my world. This is the tune I’ve been humming flugelhorning all week.